Hero cop who once saved boy’s life when heart stopped is unmasked as paedophile
A ‘hero cop’ who once saved a boy’s life by carrying out CPR when their heart stopped has been unmasked as a paedophile.
Policeman Liam Roberts was caught with a stash of depraved child abuse images on his computer – including of children being sexually abused – in a raid by colleagues.
He was hailed a hero in 2013 after performing CPR while off-duty and saving the life of a young hockey player whose heart had stopped – restarting it twice and keeping him alive until paramedics arrived on the scene.
But he admitted in court yesterday that the officer – who had eight years of service under his belt – led a ‘double life’ swapping sick pictures online with other paedophiles.
Roberts, 35, discussed his “image preferences” with other perverts over Skype.
He appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday to admit amassing the twisted library over more than five years.
The court heard Roberts’s resignation from the police force was accepted on Monday.
Sentence was deferred until next month for reports and Roberts was put on the sex offenders’ register.
Sheriff Kenneth McGowan heard Roberts was snared in an intelligence-led operation.
Fiscal depute Melanie Ward said police had received a tip-off from an internet service provider which led them to Roberts’ door in the city’s Fernieside.
Police searched the home he shared with his girlfriend last October 21.
Officers asked Roberts if he had images of kids which could be considered indecent.
He replied: “Not that I can think of. I don’t know what to say to that.”
Police seized his computer for forensic analysis and found 18 Category A images – the most grotesque – as well as 30 Category B and 826 Category C.
Roberts was detained on November 3 and gave a “no comment” interview. He was then suspended from the force.
Ward said Roberts had “engaged in online conversations with others, discussing their images preferences”.
She added: “On two occasions he distributed an image.”
Roberts, whose bail was continued, pled guilty to possessing indecent images between April 2011 and October 12 last year, and distributing indecent photos between March 10 and September 27 last year.